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Graduation practicalities

You have completed your Bachelor’s degree studies when:

  • you have participated in the teaching and practical training, which are part of the degree and you have completed your thesis as required in the curriculum
  • you have completed the study modules of the Degree as required by the curriculum
  • you have passed a maturity test.

At the end of your studies, you need to follow a certain process in order to obtain your degree certificate.

1. Checking your transcript of records

Your transcript of records will be checked at the study office before graduation. However, don't forget to check also yourself that you receive grades from each subject in time. Make sure that you have completed all the compulsory courses according to your group's curriculum.

If you still have courses unfinished, please discuss with the teacher in concern how to complete them.  

2. Thesis

Detailed information on the thesis process can be found on KAMK intra. Remember that your thesis progress is followed in Intra and that your Thesis Follow-up form needs to be fully filled in.

After the abstract of the thesis has been accepted, send the final name of your thesis to the Study Office by email. Be careful with small and capital letters and the spelling. 

After your thesis has been approved and the final version is accepted, save the thesis in Theseus -database. After the thesis has been successfully uploaded in Theseus, you will receive an email to confirm this. Inform the study office when your thesis is readable in Theseus. 

Copy of the Thesis for the Study Office

Return the final version of your thesis to the Study Office after the supervising teacher has given you permission and accepted the finalized version. You should submit 1 loose-leaf copy (=printed, not stapled, A4 size) for the Library archives.

If you wish to receive bound copies for you or for your employer, order and pay for this directly to the Student Union KAMO. The binding takes place in Taito 2 kiosk.

Maturity Test

Register for the maturity test online according to the instructions after the supervising teacher has given you permission to do so. Maturity tests are written on general exam dates. Choose a date which is a minimum of two weeks before the graduation confirmation date.   

3. Application for Degree Certificate

Apply for the degree certificate with a separate application a minimum of two weeks before graduation.
It is possible to apply for the degree certificate even when all the grades are not marked in PAKKI yet but you have returned your assignments. Remember to update you contact details (particularly the section “contact details after graduation”). Please note that the Study Office cannot prepare the graduation documents without the application.

Answer first the national feedback questionnaire (AVOP) at the same time. Go to page www.avop.fi/en and  sign in to the survey by using your own UAS credentials (normal computer user name and password, HAKA login). The  questionnaire is long but important - it is used to compare universities of applied sciences and also our funding is based on these results, so please, fill it in carefully. After answering the questionnaire you will be forwarded to the page where you find the application for the Degree Certificate.

Choose the appropriate graduation date when applying for the degree certificate. The graduation festivities are arranged in May and in December. Students graduating at a time other than the above will be honored in the form of a more modest coffee-and-cake occasion.

The graduation ceremony takes Place in Kaukametsä Congress Hall. The graduation ceremony lasts approximately for 1,5 - 2  hours. A graduation rehearsal will be arranged before the ceremony (previous days) in Kaukametsä.

From April 2021, Kajaani University of Applied Sciences will start to use electronic degree certificates. The graduating student will receive the certificate only in digital form. Electronic degree certificate will be available in PAKKI on graduation day and two weeks after graduation date.

Electronic degree certificates granted by Kajaani University of Applied Sciences meet the highest EU requirements. The file can be copied, and copies will include the electronic signature. To see the signature, use the “Signature” function in the PDF file. You can also check the signature using the Digital and Population Data Services Agency’s “Validate PDF document” service or within the European Commission programme Connecting Europe Facility, CEF: https://ec.europa.eu/cefdigital/DSS/webapp-demo/validation

 

The signature can also be authenticated using the Atomi Validator service available on the KAMK website.

 

4. Language Proficiency Requirements

According to the UAS Decree (1129/2014, 7§) students must acquire the required foreign language skills deemed necessary for the practice of a profession and for professional development:

  • Written and spoken language skills in one or two foreign languages and
  • Spoken and written Swedish and Finnish (further detailed in the decree regulating the language skills required of public organization staff and personnel, 424/2003)

For Finnish students; the degree certificate will record a grade separately for Swedish (spoken and written). The maturity test provides an indication of the student’s skills in the Finnish language. 

For foreign students: The above rule does not apply to students who have received his or her education in a language other than Finnish or Swedish or abroad. Foreign students must also inform the Study Office about the language of their school education (before their studies at the University of Applied Science); this will be mentioned in the Degree Certificate.

 

5. Diploma Supplement

The Diploma Supplement is an appendix to the higher education degree diploma/certificate for use in international contexts. The Diploma Supplement is a document developed jointly by the EU, the Council of Europe and UNESCO and Finnish law requires higher education institutions to present their students with a diploma supplement. 

The appendix is a document in English, which includes additional information about the studies you have completed and the level of your degree and how it qualifies you for further studies and working life. The Diploma Supplement facilitates graduate mobility and the academic and professional recognition of qualifications abroad.

All graduates (both first/bachelor and second cycle/master programmes) receive a Diploma Supplement automatically and free of charge from their higher education institution. A transcript of records in English is attached to the Diploma Supplement, where all completed courses and grades are listed. The Diploma Supplement is not a substitute or translation of the original qualification or transcript but it provides more information about the qualification. 

 

6. Alumni Activities

All graduates of Kajaani University of Applied Sciences are considered alumni.  Alumni will receive information about further and complimentary education at regular intervals. The network will also organize alumni meetings where it will be possible to network with a variety of operators. Alumni can also work as visiting lecturer and commission assignments from students. As an alumni, you can also help us in marketing the KAMK for potential students in your country or elsewhere.  The alumni network will provide valuable information on the suitability of training for work and it acts as an important bridge with the changing sphere of working life. 

 

Staying in Finland after Completing the Studies

After completing the studies, the student may remain in Finland if he/she can be granted a new residence permit on other grounds. The permit may be granted, for example for

1) postgraduate studies (the same field of study)
2) employment
3) on the basis of family ties.

A foreign student who has graduated from a Finnish university of applied sciences can be issued a temporary residence permit so that he/she can look for work. A new temporary residence permit can be issued once for a graduate for one year after the previous residence permit has ended.